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Haiti earthquake: trials and testimonies

Praise and prayer requests as our team in Haiti continue to respond to the deadly earthquake.

Rachael Adams | 24 Sep 2021

Credit: Richard Pierrin/Tearfund

Credit: Richard Pierrin/Tearfund

It has now been more than a month since the devastating earthquake that shook southern Haiti. Thousands of people lost their lives and many more lost their homes. Yet there are stories of faith and hope shining through these challenging times.

Praying through the storm

Georges is 43. He jumped out of the window of his house when the earthquake hit. ‘If I had stayed in the corridor, I wouldn’t have survived. God did it. He made me move outside… I know God picked me up.’

Mesilia is 50. When the earthquake struck she was outside her house. But her daughter was inside. ‘When I felt it, I couldn’t breathe anymore, and I fell – I felt my head and my entire body hit the ground,’ shares Mesilia. ‘When I got back on my feet, I saw that the ground was cracked. The earth was split, there was a gap and I couldn’t pass.’

Thankfully, Mesilia was able to reach her daughter, who was unhurt. ‘I called Jesus and I praised the Lord Jesus.’

Setilus, a father of four, was at the supermarket: ‘[Everyone] kneeled and we began to praise the Lord, to call on Jesus, and it is at that moment that the earthquake became calm,’ he shares.

Georges lost his home in the earthquake. He is now living in a makeshift tent in a football field alongside others who have lost their homes | Credit: Richard Pierrin/Tearfund

Georges lost his home in the earthquake. He is now living in a makeshift tent in a football field alongside others who have lost their homes | Credit: Richard Pierrin/Tearfund

Further tremors

‘The earthquake forced people to sleep outside – in tents, under tarpaulin or whatever they could find – and this was through storms and heavy rains,’ shares Marc Antoine, who leads Tearfund’s work in Haiti. ‘Families are still outside – it's still the rainy season, the hurricane season.’

‘The situation in Haiti continues to be very volatile. There was another small 4.2 earthquake in the southern region which didn't cause damage, but it caused a lot of psychological and emotional damage as families relived the shaking and the trauma.

‘Tearfund has been working with local churches to help with shelter. We have also been distributing cash grants so that people can buy what they need. We are still working on reaching families in the most affected and the most rural areas – trying to get them support both in the short and the long-term.’

Bernadette’s home was destroyed by the earthquake. Tearfund is supporting families like Bernadette’s who have lost everything | Credit: Tearfund

Bernadette’s home was destroyed by the earthquake. Tearfund is supporting families like Bernadette’s who have lost everything | Credit: Tearfund

Cash grants have helped many families in the aftermath of the earthquake with their immediate needs: ‘I am very happy [for the cash grants] as I didn’t have money, I didn’t have anything,’ shares mother-of-eight Bernadette.

‘I praise God, because he sent you to save our lives.’

The church continues its worship

Major Thimothee Saint-Juste is a church leader whose house and church were both reduced to rubble. Tearfund has been working with Thimothee to provide for the community’s most urgent needs.

Tearfund has been working closely with church leaders, such as Thimothee Saint-Juste, to help those in need. Our work with churches enables us to reach even more people with vital support | Credit: Richard Pierrin/Tearfund

Tearfund has been working closely with church leaders, such as Thimothee Saint-Juste, to help those in need. Our work with churches enables us to reach even more people with vital support | Credit: Richard Pierrin/Tearfund

‘We say thank you to Tearfund for this great effort and this quick response. We are really happy to receive this support, so we can help people,’ he shares. ‘They don’t have anything to eat or drink and their homes have been destroyed.

‘Our role and duty is to be there, to give our support whatever way we can do it. When Jesus was on Earth, he would give to people in need, he didn’t discriminate against anyone – everyone who was hungry or thirsty, he offered them food and drinking water.

‘Today, we had a great worship service with the people in the community to thank God.’

‘The need remains great in Haiti,’ concludes Marc. ‘It will take time to rebuild what has been lost, but God is faithful.’

As Thimothee’s church continues to praise God – even in the midst of despair – please consider listening to worship music and praising God as you lift up your prayers for Haiti.

Pray with us

  • Pray for people who are experiencing trauma and stress in the aftermath. Pray for peace, comfort and renewed strength and hope.
  • Thank God for how he continues to work through the church in Haiti. Pray for even more answers to prayer – of people being reached with provision, especially in rural, hard to reach areas.
  • Pray for long-term solutions to help people get back on their feet and reach their God-given potential.

Rachael Adams


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